“benefits of abortion”
i had my first abortion at the tender of 16. already living on my own. a little girl playing grown up.
when i first found out i was pregnant i was stunned. why i was shocked i have no idea. most young girls are not using protection when faced with an unwanted pregnancy. but the thought of getting pregnant never seems to cross the mind.
i knew fairly quickly that i would not keep this baby. whether i thought it was wrong or not didnt matter…i was not going to have a kid. sitting across from the nurse while having my vitals taken, she was very clinical. she had a job to do. she gave me a few pamphlets on what to expect after the abortion and different options for birth control. not one time did she, or the doctor, mention keeping the baby.
its like there were no other options. this was the only one. maybe things are different now. maybe they couldnt say anything to me. i suppose if they had mentioned alternatives i may not have given them my business. i fear thats what abortion has turned into. a business. a heartless and cold business.
so, i held tight to the pamphlets and tried to get as much information from them as possible. most of it had to do with getting post-op checks, deciding on a course of action for birth control and payment plan options. and theres that one line i recall reading, under the benefits of abortion, that said after the termination i would have peace of mind.
this does not give me peace of mind.
(photo from CBR)